Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 1-A Worktext

Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 1-A Worktext

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ISBN: 9781481837873
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Category Description for Math Mammoth:

Theres a whole lot to like about this well-conceived and inexpensive math program. The main features of this program, according to author Maria Miller, are:

  • Focus is on conceptual understanding rather than rote problem-solving
  • Teacher instructions are right in the book; no need to buy a separate teacher book
  • Clear explanations are written for the student, so the lessons are virtually self-teaching
  • Lessons use lots of visual and pattern exercises
  • Mastery oriented:concentrates on each topic for a long time studying fewer topics per grade than with spiral
  • Emphasis is on mental math and number sense
  • Very little teacher preparation is required
  • Content aligned to Common Core Standards

These are all valid claims and sum up this approach nicely. Its linear approach is similar to that of the MCP Math program. Topics are introduced, studied in depth, then the student proceeds to the next topic. Visually, it reminds me of Developmental Math because of the extensive use of pictorial representations. Users posting online have compared the course to Singapore Math, but I don't really see much similarity. While they both emphasize conceptual learning and mental computation skills, Math Mammoth has a much more traditional feel. A distinguishing feature of this program is the authors amazing ability to simplify and clarify math processes so children can understand them easily. Even in printed form, this course is the easiest on the budget using a strictly by-grade comparison. And for those purchasing the complete program on CD (or download), the savings are even greater. Imagine getting a complete, masterfully taught math curriculum for grades 1-7 for less than $150. I would call that frugal and smart.

Each Grade Level Set consists of four components: Student Workbooks A & B, an (optional) set of Tests and Cumulative Reviews, and an Answer Key containing answers to both workbooks and tests. Currently, we carry the curriculum in print format or CD format by the grade level, Grades 1-3 and 4-7 combined on CD, and the entire course on CD. The course is also available as a download (go to mathmammoth.com site) for slightly less than the CD price. Both download and CD have colored student pages. All grade levels of printed materials are now available in your choice of black and white or color. Currently, the CDs also include bonus software, Soft-Pak - for Windows only (math, language arts and testing).

Student Workbooks A and B for each level have varying numbers of chapters, each focusing on a math topic. These are sometimes very broad. For example, one very large chapter (68 pages!) in Worktext 4-B is simply titled, “Division”. It reviews division, and then covers every facet of fourth grade division. Since division skills are being built step-by-step throughout the chapter, there’s really no need for review or testing until the end; but it does make for a long teaching unit. Each chapter begins with a short introduction. This is where you will find any teacher instruction for the chapter, including background information, strategies and ideas for teaching lesson concepts, a summary of lessons by title (including number of pages for each), and a list of Helpful Internet Resources for further exploration, practice and enrichment. If the chapter is on a skill introduced in a previous grade, the skill is reviewed before the new material is introduced. Lessons each include a complete explanation of each skill being taught, numerous examples and models (many visual) to help students understand the concepts behind the math, and a reasonable number of problems for students to work to ensure comprehension.

The lessons vary from 1-5 pages each. For planning, the author suggests simply dividing the number of pages in each book by the teaching days rather than planning to teach a lesson a day. This would generally mean covering 1-2 pages a day depending on grade level. After the last lesson in each chapter there are one or two reviews. Chapter tests are contained in the separate Tests and Cumulative Reviews Book, as are cumulative reviews (taken upon completion of each worktext chapter) and a comprehensive test for the grade level. A nice feature is the inclusion of grading instructions and scales. If remediation is indicated, the author provides a website (www. homeschoolmath.net) for additional math worksheets by grade level and skill. Worksheets are randomly generated within your provided parameters, so each is different.

Use the Skills Review Workbooks books alongside the Math Mammoth curriculum to review concepts that are being taught. Each book is divided into chapters that correspond with the curriculum chapters. These workbooks are optional, and are intended for those who want a spiral review. Each review in the workbook is one page in length and includes a variety of math exercises. Students might write math equations, color pictures, or solve puzzles to put their math skills to the test. Some children require more practice than others, so use only the review pages you need. Skills Review Workbooks are printed with color for a little more visual appeal, and the number of reviews vary from book to book. Answer Keys are a separate book and are also printed in color.

As mentioned briefly before, I find the author’s teaching methods very solid, efficient, and effective. Her goal is to imbue the student with an understanding of the concepts in math rather than just how to solve problems and this is evident in her instruction. She consistently shares strategies, “tricks” and revealing insights into the mysteries of math, essentially putting a teacher right on the page. An example is in teaching beginners to add numbers with sums greater than 10. She tells students that when adding 9 to a number, the 9 “really wants to be a ten”, so you should take one from the other number to make it a ten, and then add the rest. I have seen few other curriculums (see Miquon Math) that teach students alternate, flexible ways like this to approach operations. Another feature I liked in the book was using gridded workspaces for solving problems. Especially for students just starting to use multiple-digit operations, it’s helpful to get them in the habit of keeping answers neatly aligned in columns. I also like the scale problems in Grade 4’s multiplication and other chapters. These are much like the ones in CTP’s Balance Math program and very effective for understanding how equations work. There’s also a healthy balance of word problems in the lessons with realistic, practical contexts. The geometry sections are particularly good, too, with ample hands-on work. The author even includes printable manipulatives for constructing your own geometric solids.


Category Description for COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMS - ELEMENTARY:

Primary Subject
Mathematics
Grade
1
ISBN
9781481837873
EAN
5800080199749
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Taina Maria Miller
Weight
0.9328 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.3"
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Excellent reviews!
Lydia M on Nov 2, 2020
Previous home school mother Marlene Schueler
Susana Z on Aug 28, 2019
Excellent reviews!
Lydia M on Nov 2, 2020
My engineer friend who was also a high school math teacher has researched and used many programs and this was her recommendation. I believe it will be fantastic for one of my kids. We are using a different program for another child.
Jessica B on Jul 18, 2020
Previous home school mother Marlene Schueler
Susana Z on Aug 28, 2019
I have used the download version this summer to tutor my granddaughter. I have purchased a copy for my grandsons who are entering first grade. It is a great resource for the parent as well. We are second generation homeschoolers.
cynthia s on Aug 4, 2019
I follow a Homeschool page in my area and this was mentioned often.
Michelle S on Jul 25, 2019
My older daughter has used math mammoth grades 3 and 4 and I enjoyed the program. We are going to be doing grade 5 this year. I decided to use this with my 1st grade son.
Emily M on Jun 10, 2019
Same reason.
Mary H on Nov 28, 2018
We have been homeschooling for 14 years and chose this series because it encourages critical thinking and deductive reasoning skills and is not simply a rote learning curricula. It is also very affordable which is another factor in our decision process.
John C on Oct 23, 2018
Excellent math curriculum
Abby F on Aug 23, 2018
A lot of people recommended it.
Denise J on Aug 3, 2018
I use this series with my 4th and 5th graders and find it very straightforward and easy to use. In the past we've used Saxon and Singapore Math, and I am very happy with Math Mammoth this year. I do wish the workbooks had perforated pages ( a minor complaint).
Amy M on Nov 7, 2017
This book worked well for my older children, and provides a nice supplement to what they are learning in public school.
Kristen V on May 21, 2017
It's not a spiral math curriculum so I am giving it a try for the first time.
Nicole B on Jan 9, 2017
My 5 year old son is quick with numbers and has an excellent attention span for math. He intuitively moves physical knowledge of math into more abstract symbols and formulas. He enjoys writing and thrives on achievements (finishing the page). MM has a no-nonsense layout that uses visual presentation to illustrate math concepts directly to the student. I think that he will be able to move forward in this program without a great deal of time or money invested by the teacher.
Bethany R on Oct 13, 2016
Love the 2nd grade book, want to use this for my first grader
Abigail S on Sep 28, 2016
My 6th grader is using and THRIVING using this curriculum. My kindergarten aged daughter is ready for harder math so we are going with already works in our home.
Desria S on Feb 19, 2016
My engineer friend who was also a high school math teacher has researched and used many programs and this was her recommendation. I believe it will be fantastic for one of my kids. We are using a different program for another child.
Jessica B on Jul 18, 2020
I have used the download version this summer to tutor my granddaughter. I have purchased a copy for my grandsons who are entering first grade. It is a great resource for the parent as well. We are second generation homeschoolers.
cynthia s on Aug 4, 2019
Is this the digital file? And is it in black and white as in the sample?
A shopper on Dec 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This product is a print worktext. However, we do carry a CD that provides pdf files for the entire Grade 1 materials. They can be printed in either color or grayscale.

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My son loves it
My son is 5 and is doing kindergarten this year. I ordered this because it was level one, not realizing it was actually grade one. However, my son loves it and doesn’t have a problem understanding and completing the lessons.
I ordered this within the last couple weeks and we are finished the kindergarten review and about to start the first grade material.
January 29, 2019
Can’t say enough good things about math mammoth. This curriculum saved my homeschooling math life! :-)
December 13, 2018
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Good book!
The directions aren't quite as clear and dirct as I had hoped, but the book is great and it teaches skills in several ways. My kid enjoys the worksheets!
January 8, 2017
Purchased
over 3 years ago
very clear and easy to use
I am very pleased with this. My K5 daughter is using this for second semester math. She likes it very much and asks to do it without having to be told.
January 8, 2017
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Good worktext
We really enjoy the structure Mammoth provides. I have 2 kids using Lite Blue. The first grade book is a quick text and requires more personal creativity from the teacher. For quality, its great.
October 21, 2015
Purchased
over 5 years ago


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